June 26, 2014

Review of Magic Burns by Ilona andrews (Kate daniels series)

This was among the first of the longer series that I've read and yet now only I am writing the review.
Blame Exam tensions and my own dear laziness for that(the exams went well . Thank god for that).
                                      Anyway let's talk about katie, shall we.

                Kickass mercenary Kate is back in the second edition to the series Magic Burns.

                  Review of Book 1 of Kate Daniels series

This one is more polished than the previous one. The characters are well developed and world building is rather good.

The problem I had with the last book was it's ambiguous world building.But that world  was supposed to be that way.

But after reading the second edition, which gives concise and interesting explanations, I feel a whole lot better .You see, our human brains can't live without explanations.

I'll give you a rough idea of her world.If you have already read the first book.You can skip this part.

The world alternates between magic and technology.They come and go in waves , but are often adversaries each time.
                   When magic is up tech doesn't work.

That means No computer, No T.V and certainly No phones ( It's too horrible)

And vice-verse.

 That means Magic and Tech don't play nice with each other (they are such babies).

And Kate Daniels is a Mercenary, a person who 'deals' with the paranormal in return for payment, but is currently working as part of the order, where she was appointed to investigate the murder of her guardian Greg (that was the premise book 1).

The Police, the Mercenaries and the Order are the three law agencies, their importance increasing  in the same order as given.

Outside of this there are the pack- formed by shapeshifters and the people- formed by vampire controlling necromancer.
 (I love the originality of the cast. )

The vampires are nothing like you have seen or read.

   And the shapeshifter range from were-rats to were-lions  (cool).

And add to that mix all the Gods, Goddesses and the Demons who come alive if enough people believe in them (magic does that) and you have got a blockbuster of book with enough drama , darkness and humour to tranport us to her world.

That's a very short and unfnished summary of the world.Just to get you started.

But let's see what Book no.2 is about shall we.

As a mercenary who cleans up after magic gone wrong, Kate Daniels knows how waves of paranormal energy ebb and flow across Atlanta like a tide. But once every seven years, a flare comes, a time when magic runs rampant. When Kate sets out to retrieve a set of stolen maps for the Pack, Atlanta's paramilitary clan of shape shifters, she quickly realizes much more is at stake. The stolen maps are only the opening gambit in an epic tug of war between two gods hoping for rebirth, and if Kate can't stop the cataclysmic showdown, the city may not survive

This series get's impressive with each book. But the one thing that made me fall in love with Kate and Curran( the handsome alpha) was the slow and touching developement of their relationship. With each book their bond deepens and deepens and at the end ,makes us fall in love with them.

Kate still smartmouths, one of her flaws( although I don't agree on that ) and she still has a natural penchant for attracting trouble and then again overcoming it.

She is not invincible, and she has a soft heart (as seen with julie ), which is why I like her so much.

This is a very interesting series. One I recommend.

                                                                  CLICK TO BUY

           But first , if want an appetizer             instead of the whole dinner at once.

Try this, It's a free prequel to her first book.
                                                        Questionable Client

And it features Saiman (I love him).
He is one most interesting and at times hatable character in the entire series , right next to Roland.

           So, my final verdict is.

                                                                   RATING : 4/5


So,tell me which are your favourite characters,  besides the obvious.  i would love to hear from you.

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